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Tehran court lifts ban on paper, frees editor

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY HILARY DEVRIES / April 21, 1981



Tehran, Iran

Reza Sadr, an Iranian newspaper editor, was freed on bail after two weeks in jail, only hours after a court temporarily lifted a ban on his paper. Mr. Sadr, managing editor of the liberal daily Mizan (Scales of Justice) and a former commerce minister, said he hoped the paper would reappear within two or three days.

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Mr. Sadr said he had been formally charged with "disturbing peace and security and insulting the disciples of the imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini]" in connection with two editorials he wrote for Mizan. He said he had been released on bail of 5 million rials ($70,000) but tha t no date had been set for his trial.